February 19, 2012 Subject:
The Big Bar (Dragnet).
Season 4, episode 8
Original air date: 14 October 1954.
A holdup man is sticking up bars.
Casy: Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday), Ben Alexander (Officer Frank Smith), Walter Sande (Capt. Lohrman), Eugene Iglesias (Juan Pedillo), Harry Bartell (Off. Jack Crowley), Dennis Weaver (Russ Camp), Dee J. Thompson (Mrs. Lineberger), Natalie Masters (Doris Lanpher), George Fenneman (Announcer Opebing: uncredited) and Hal Gibney (Announcer Closing: uncredited).
April 13, 2011 Subject:
Another Dragnet archetype on display
Besides the usual deadpan narration, one liners, always getting the last word and so forth, Webb was also known to spout legal citations like "Section 187 PC — Murder". Here a suspect is arrested for the crime but the DA refuses to file on him because of the flimsy evidence. To keep him in jail they file on him for violation of "State penal code, Chapter 339, Statues of 1923 as amended 1947 sub. 2 — An ex-con with a gun"
Anyway, other noteworthy parts include: the lengthy Spanish dialog between a witness and Friday's partner (in "High school Spanish"!); closeup of a jukebox in operation; and the car chase. This part is particularly interesting: we experience it through Friday, Smith and the boss loitering in the radio room listening to the dispatcher while Smith plotting it on the map with a grease pencil!
December 5, 2008 Subject:
Famous Supporting Cast
Here is the standard Dragnet fare.... Excellent writing, story, delivery... You know, the usual excellent overall quality.
Crime Lab technician, Russ Camp, seems to be none other than the character more well known as Chester... Mr. Dennis Weaver. How 'bout that. Now here's another fellow that can deliver lines in a deadpan monotone like Mr. Jack Webb.
And of course there's a little extra regarding the poilce officers as human beings.